Book Genre: Biography

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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Nicole J Georges
Laurie.
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and...

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Bruno Schulz
Porscha
5

 This book is a small compilation of Bruno Schulz’s short stories and a few illustrations. He’s been associated with surrealist movement both with his writing and illustrations, his writing could be categorized as magical realism.  He was writing in the 1930’s and his life ended at the...

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Jane Withers
Tara
4

You may not know that a legend lives and walks amongst us here in Denver today. I had driven by Hub Cap Annie's on Colfax numerous times in the past, but it was not until a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning that I comprehended the scope of what Hub Cap Annie's represented or had endured. While...

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Elizabeth Smart
Kristi
3

Kidnapped when she was 14 yrs. old and held captive by a religious fanatic, David Mitchell and his wife, she was repeatedly raped, humiliated and lived in constant fear. His “religion” allowed him to drink, look at pornography and force sex whenever he wanted.  She was kidnapped because she...

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1971- Touré
Regina Renee
3

This unauthorized biography, by journalist turned author, Toure, left me wanting more. At 150 pages, this is a short biography that still managed to be extremely repetitive. Prince is my favorite musical artist, and I thought that this book would be more enjoyable than it actually was. This...

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Steve Martin
kmcfall
5

"Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" follows the life and career of comedian/magician/actor/singer Steve Martin. I chose to listen to the audio book format as it was read by Steve Martin himself. Steve starts at the very beginning, diving into him home life with his Father whom was always referred...

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Mark Bego
Adelina
5

I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.

This biography is...

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Leonard DeGraaf
lisab
4

Written by Leonard DeGraaf, archivist of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, this heavily illustrated biography is academic enough to give the reader a good taste of who Edison was and what his amazing accomplishments were. The historic photographs and artifacts help enhance this story....

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Colm Tóibín
Alison
1

It’s fun to see the dirty underwear of an artist whose work you admire, and it’s even more fun to see that of those who you don’t.  However, when a thick, hard-back book does nothing but spill the beans on various writers, I get a little frustrated.  Though Colm Tóibín’s book New Ways...

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Gerd Woll
Porscha
5

This heavy book is an extensive collection of Edvard Munch’s printmaking.  He was a prolific printmaker and this book has tons of stunning images and really demonstrates Edvard Munch’s mastery of design.  For me personally, seeing the mass of his reoccurring images and the variations...

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Henry Darger
Porscha
5

This book accomplishes a challenging feat, compiling Henry Darger’s daunting amount of work in an approachable book.  The collection of images put together in this book is fascinating and beautifully large on the pages. The book also outlines Henry Darger’s personal history and the...

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Liz Sonneborn
Adelina
3

Good introduction to the American Contemporary Spokane author. Fast read with lots of interesting photos. Provides a basic biography of his life up to 2013. This book gives a broad overview of Sherman Alexie's work and his achievements. Cites lots of wonderful Sherman Alexie quotes from...

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Katie Nicholl
Cori Jackamore
3

Never having been an Anglophile or a royal family watcher, I was nonetheless intrigued by Kate and William’s courtship, royal wedding and the birth of their son, Prince George—3rd in line to become King of England. Ms. Nicholl, unable to directly interview Kate or William, compiled the...

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Hayden Herrera
Lily
5

Frida was a fascinating figure, not only as a subject in her self portraits, but in the personal mythology she created about her life. She is a strong, sardonic, and independent woman who was faced with many physical and mental troubles. Herrera's biography depicts Kahlo's development in honest...

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Haruki Murakami
Em
5

I first picked up this book a couple of years ago when I had gotten back into running, but for one reason or another I didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. This time around, I was stuck on an interminable bus ride, and had no choice but to read (listen to) the whole thing. And then I...

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Jennifer Berne
Melody
5

We all know Albert Einstein as a genius scientist with crazy grey hair. But before he was a genius, he was a toddler who refused to speak, and a young boy who imagined riding a beam of light across the universe while he rode his bike across town. With simple text and whimsical illustrations,...

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Jim Gaffigan
Em
4

I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk about parenthood. Some of this...

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Marjane Satrapi
Em
2

I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and as a...

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Lauren Redniss
Em
5

Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical...

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Jeanette Winter
Colleen
5

Do you have an observer in your life? Someone a bit stubborn and silent? She's in good company. And she'll realize this when she reads The Watcher: The Story of Jane Goodall. From a young age Jane observed the natural world around her. She eventually made her way to Gombe in...

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Bill Bryson
KateM
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...

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Tanya Lee Stone
Georgia
4

When Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women weren’t supposed to become doctors. In fact, there were no women doctors. This is an inspiring picture book about an ordinary girl who does an extraordinary thing. Elizabeth Blackwell receives letter after letter of rejection from medical school...

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Will Bingley
Zac
4

Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with...

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Jeanette Winter
Lily
3

The Librarian of Basra is a true story of a brave woman named Alia Muhammad Baker who saves her library collection in the war-stricken country of Iraq. Alia runs the local library and saves 30,000 books when war threatens their destruction. Unfortunately, she is not able save the...